Oscar nominations — my own two bits, and a complete list

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu beat the odds last year when Birdman became the first film to win Best Picture without at least being nominated for its film editing since 1980’s Ordinary People. Now, with 12 nominations for The Revenant — the most of any film released last year — Iñárritu may be poised to do something similarly rare, by becoming the first director to win back-to-back awards for his directing since Joseph L. Mankiewicz won for 1949’s A Letter to Three Wives and 1950’s All About Eve.

Then again, maybe not.

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How many Star Wars actors have also been in Bible movies?

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If you’re a Bible-movie buff and a space-movie buff like me, then you can’t help but notice how the two genres sometimes overlap.

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Why Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens reminds me of another Disney sequel (warning: spoilers galore)

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By now you’ve probably heard (if you haven’t witnessed it for yourself) that the new Star Wars movie is basically a start-to-finish recycling of all the main story beats from the original 1977 film. You may have also heard some people compare the new film to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which marked the last time Harrison Ford reprised one of his iconic characters after a long hiatus.

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A short list of things that the Star Wars and Rocky (now Creed) franchises have in common

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It has been almost 40 years since the original Rocky and Star Wars movies came out. Each franchise has seen a number of ups and downs since then. And now, over the next three and a half weeks, each series will release a new installment that sees one generation pass its legacy on to another. And the parallels don’t stop there…

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Ewan McGregor’s Jesus-and-Satan movie goes to Scotland

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It has been five months since Last Days in the Desert — starring Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and Satan — premiered at Sundance, and the film still does not have a distributor, as far as I know. But it has made the rounds at a few more festivals since then, and this week it came to Edinburgh in McGregor’s native Scotland.

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Jesus movies and, um, rude bodily noises

Warning: This post includes a few irreverent images from irreverent films.

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Years ago, I used to say that if I ever made a movie about Jesus, I would include a scene in which he excuses himself to use the facilities (whatever they might have been in the first century), just to show that his humanity extended even to his “lower” bodily functions. I was reminded of that the other day when Bilge Ebiri, one of the critics who caught the Last Days in the Desert premiere at Sundance this week, wondered on Twitter if this was the first Jesus movie to have a “fart joke”.

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